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Private Tour: Desert Castle Tour of Eastern Jordan from Amman
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good44%
  • Average20%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“desert castles” (27 reviews)
“two stories” (2 reviews)
“big square” (2 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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Route 40, Amman, Jordan
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Reviewed 12 September 2017

There seem to be lots of castles and forts in Jordan and this is a fine example. There are a few information boards dotted around, and this is best seen via a guided tour, which I did, where the history of the castle was explained....More

Thank livelifet0thefull
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

All the desert structures are called "Castle" (actually palace in Arabic). In this case, it is an old hotel on the caravan route to Baghdad. It's in great shape and right off the road. It doesn't take long to see it but it's nice that...More

Thank stonewithnomoss
Reviewed 20 June 2017

Do not miss this excursion and go as fa as Al Azraq. On the way back take the road to Al Zarqa and you will have the chance to see a couple of interesting ruins.

Thank viola301
Reviewed 8 June 2017

Qasr Al-Kharanah is a fortress completed around 710 AD however its original purpose is debated. The most widely accepted opinion is that it was used as a inn for traders, as the internal design doesn't suggest military use. The structure is extremely well preserved and...More

Thank Peter D
Reviewed 3 June 2017

Of the so-called Desert Castles this is the most castle like. Well preserved exterior lying by itself in rather featureless terrain is certainly dramatic and the interior courtyard is very peaceful. Considering that it was built around 1300 years ago the condition is remarkable. Should...More

Thank DougF45
Reviewed 25 May 2017

We saw a few desert castles they were all different but each had its own charm, some were less intact than others but all worth seeing.

Thank Jenniepearson
Reviewed 24 May 2017

Maybe I could say i wouldn't drive just for Kharrana till there, but the area is full of castles and interested Qasrs. We went in alone, on a windy day, and it can be even scared but so good experience. It was one of the...More

Thank andresalvgut88
Reviewed 29 April 2017

What I loved about Qasr al-Kharrana was the fact it's just kind of been plonked there and nobody is quite sure why. It's the kind of place that could maybe have been made better with a guide who knew something about it, but it was...More

Thank Ribbongirl
Reviewed 1 April 2017

The purpose of this building is actually unclear and somewhat in dispute. It is actually believed to have been a sort of inn on the caravan highway between Damascus/Baghdad/Amman. From the outside, the building is interesting, but it does not appear overly impressive; however, it...More

Thank 25wanderlings
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

On the way back from Azraq to Amman (southern road of the castle loop road), lies this cool fortification. The imposing ramparts and corner turrets make this castle stand out even more than it does amongst the flat desert landscape. We walked right up to...More

Thank R0hanL
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